Since VARC was set up in 2000 it has offered twelve-month residencies to artists. In these instances each resident artist develops a body of work for exhibition at the end of the residency and engages with individuals and groups from the area and further afield through workshops, open studio days, artists’ talks and other events.

We currently have an artist in residence, Joo-Hee Yang, for ten months. She will be with us till mid July 2018. We are then hosting a month-long residency for a disabled artist.

The one-month residency is for an artist who considers him/herself to be disabled and who has a record of exhibiting work and/or arts project or residency experience. The aim is to give an artist a month to research or develop an idea or element of their practice withouth pressure to deliver a particular outcome.

All residencies in the past have been advertised, promoted and open to all artists and more than 60 artists have regularly applied for each opportunity. However VARC has so far engaged in only a very limited way with disabled artists. This residency will give us a chance to trial our ability to support the practice of a disabled artist and learn from this residency in order to make our programme more inclusive in the future.

In October there will be a longer residency starting. This residency will be advertised soon.